ACES 2017: St. Petersburg

Credit: Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Credit: Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater


Follow the ACES Facebook page, and the hashtag #ACES2017 on Twitter for information on St. Pete and announcements about the conference. You also can follow our Twitter list of conference attendees.


Check out the conference’s schedule here.


The conference hotel is the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, which is sold out. Some attendees are looking to share a room. Complete this form to help find a roommate.  There are several hotels a short walk away, but availability is limited. There are some private condo and room rentals in the area, too.

Information on getting to the hotel, parking and check in/out is below.

Networking Luncheon

This year’s peer networking lunches will be in the Hilton’s Grand Bay Ballroom South from 12:30-2:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 23. Spending the first lunch break of the conference with peers is a great way to make new friends, connect with those you already know, and share tips on getting the most out of ACES. Registration is required, and attendance is limited. If you didn’t sign up for the networking lunches when you registered, you can fill out the information online. Registration will close on March 15.

Banquet tickets

Space is limited for the Friday night banquet, but there is a waiting list. If you signed up for the banquet as part of registration but do not plan to attend, please let us know so we can make room for someone else. You can tell us you do not plan to attend or be added to the waiting list by sending an email to

Spelling bee

The annual ACES Spelling Bee, which supports the ACES Education Fund, will be on Thursday evening, after the sessions end but before the reception begins. The event features professional judges from Merriam-Webster and the Scripps National Bee, and is sponsored by Lingofy. The cost to compete is $25. And the cost to watch is $10. All proceeds go for scholarships. Sign up here.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Jill Geisler

Jill Geisler

ACES Great Bosses Boot Camp, St. Petersburg, Florida
March 22, 2017 @ 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

How do you keep today’s newsroom staff motivated, innovative, collaborative and competitive — across all platforms? It takes both management and leadership skills, things they didn’t teach you in journalism school. In this fun and interactive boot camp, we’ll focus on performance management: how to get the best out of your teams, how to manage during times of change, how to handle conflict, and how great leadership translates into quality journalism and winning teams. Learn with Jill Geisler and other top newsroom leaders. Jill’s “What Great Bosses Know” podcasts have been downloaded 5 million times on iTunesU. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cost is $100 for members, $250 for nonmembers. Register here.


Anne Curzan

Anne Curzan

Keynote speaker

The keynote speaker at Friday night’s banquet will be Anne Curzan, who is a linguist, a professor of English at the University of Michigan and the author of several books on language. Curzan is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel and the American Dialect Society. She also is a regular contributor to the Lingua Franca blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Curzan is cohost of the weekly “That’s What They Say” show on language for Michigan Public Radio. Her books include “How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction,” “Fixing English: Prescriptivism and Language History” and “Gender Shifts in the History of English.” Curzan recently talked to ACES about changing language rules and how language conventions are taught.


Advance registration is closed. However, you can still register on-site. On-site prices are below. If you have questions, email

Three-day registration        On-site
ACES member $510
Non-member $775
Student member $175
Student non-member $225
One-day registration
ACES member $175
Non-member $275
Student member $85
Student non-member $140

Cancellation policy

Read more on how to convince your boss to send you to ACES2017 in St. Petersburg.


Hilton check in/check out information:

Check-in time is 3 p.m. Check-out time is noon.

Hotel parking:

Hotel parking is available at the ACES reduced rate of $3 for the first hour and $1 each additional hour up to five. The cost is $10 for over five hours or overnight for hotel guests. Take your parking ticket to the front desk before leaving the hotel to pay the ACES reduced rate. The front desk will provide a key to exit the lot.

Parking is also available on the street, west of the hotel at Aer’s parking lot for $4/day.

Parking Map

Getting to the hotel:

AIR TRAVEL: Two airport options: Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) (for flights on Allegiant only)


  • Super Shuttle: Register online for a special rate of $39 round-trip. Special rate available for trips March 16-30. Otherwise it’s about $23 per person each way plus tip. Follow the signs to the baggage claim on Level 1, then follow the signs marked “Ground Transportation” to the courtesy vehicle waiting area. You can check in with customer service reps in the brightly marked Super Shuttle booth or with an existing reservation using the self-service ticketing kiosk. Ticketing booths at the airport open from 9 AM to 11:30 PM (or when final flight for the night departs), seven days a week. There is also a phone available to contact our dispatchers after hours.
  • Cabs: Estimated taxi fare from TPA is $55-$60
  • Uber available, estimated from TPA at about $25, though costs can vary


  • Super Shuttle: $35 (via Execucar) plus tip. Outside of Baggage Claim in the Ground Transportation lot.
  • Cabs: About $30-$35
  • Uber and Lyft: About $14-$18

Find a person to share a ride with by completing this form.

Directions from TPA to Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront (reverse)

Directions from PIE to Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront (reverse)



38 Responses to “ACES 2017: St. Petersburg”

  1. gail

    please advise of the cancellation policy if I register early. The link is not currently working.

    • ACES Staff

      Thanks for letting us know about the broken link. It is fixed, and you can also find it here:
      There’s more to the policy, but essentially you can receive a full refund if an email request is received no later than 30 days before the first day of the conference.

      If the request is received less than 30 days before the start of the conference, the registration fee can be applied to the next year’s conference.

  2. Dani

    Any chance you’ll hold an editing boot camp immediately before the 2017 national conference, like you did with the digital editing boot camp in Portland?

    • Gerri Berendzen

      While we haven’t confirmed our 2017 schedule yet, that’s likely. I’ll get you a more definitive answer as soon as possible.

      • Lorre Levy

        I would also be interested in details re: events before/after the conference, such as the editing bootcamp. Thx! :)

  3. Phyllis

    Greetings. I hope to attend the conference in St. Petersburg; it will be the first ACES conference (or anything ACES, for that matter) for me. Management would like to see what’s on the agenda before they approve the expenses. When might we expect to see a list of sessions that will be offered?

  4. Anna Gonzalez

    I would like to register for the ACES conference in Florida, but it’s difficult to run this by my boss when I don’t know what any of the sessions are. Can you please send me some information on the sessions for the conference as soon as possible?

    Thank you,

  5. Chris

    I just registered for 2017, and in the confirmation I see that I missed putting in my organization. I assume that will go on my name tag, so I’d like to add it, if that can be done after the fact. Is that possible? Thanks.

    • Christine Steele

      Hi, Chris, yes, we can add your org name. Email us at and tell us your last name and name of organization, and we’ll look up your registration and add the info.
      Christine Steele
      Membership Director/ACES

  6. Jennifer Rogers

    Please send me the itinerary for the 2017 workshop, or notify me when it is posted online, so that I can register soon.

    • ACES Staff

      We’ve posted the schedule to date here. It’s about 50 percent complete and will be updated through January.

  7. Chris

    I couldn’t see a way to post a comment on the 2017 sessions listing page, so I’ll try here. For the Kory Stamper book signing, can I bring my own copy of the book, or are we expected to buy one there? I remember at ACES 2015, Mary Norris’s book wasn’t released yet, but a lucky few were able to buy one there. We paid over retail, but the extra went to the ACES education fund or something like that. Will there be anything similar for Kory’s? Thanks.

  8. Catherine Mini

    What time do sessions start on Thursday? Is it three full days? What time is registration?

  9. Catherine Mini

    Hi, never mind my previous questions. I just found the page with the actual schedule on it. Thanks

  10. Kelly Stazyk

    Hi there, I’m so bummed to be missing the national conference. I don’t see any information about an online track (to see any sessions streamed live or recorded) to register for, so I’m assuming that’s not available. Will any session content be shared in any capacity for those who cannot attend in person? Thanks!

    • Gerri Berendzen

      At this time, we have not plans to livestream any sessions. We will post stories about sessions and handouts from sessions on this website.

  11. Ann

    If you are registering for a one-day version, which day would that be? Is it flexible (once the session lineup for each day is posted, it would be easier to decide) or is there a particular day one-day attendees are to come?

    • Gerri Berendzen

      We don’t have group discounts on the conference. There is an early bird rate that is good through Jan. 31. And if you aren’t a member, you can join ACES and receive a conference rate that will be less than the nonmember rate (even if you factor in membership dues). We do have group rates for membership, when that membership is arranged through one business/organization. You can find that on our membership page under Corporate Rate.

  12. Emily

    I signed up during the early bird discount time and received a confirmation email, but nothing since. Will we be receiving more emails with updated event information? Do we pick our own breakout sessions that we’d like to attend or do we show up to the ones we’re interested in during the week of the conference? Thanks!

    • ACES Staff

      Conference attendees will be receiving at least one (probably more) emails about the conference closer to the event date. The breakout sessions are open to all — there is no individual session registration required. Just show up at the ones you want to attend and find a place to sit. So there is no advance sign up, and in fact, there will be in-and-out traffic during sessions. There will be an electronic program as well as a paper one that you will receive at the conference. If you also became a member when you registered, many of the events have been included in the monthly member newsletter and you can request that at Also if you have any specific questions, direct them to the same email address or tweet to @copyeditors and we can answer them.

  13. Jane

    Can you advise what meals are included with the conference and what are not? Challenging to quickly ascertain this from the site. Thank you!!!!

    • ACES Staff

      The only full meal that is part of the event is the banquet. For people who register after the early bird deadline (after Jan. 31), the banquet is sold out, however, some tickets may open up and be available to those later three-day registrants at the desk during the conference.
      On Thursday night, there is a reception that includes a fairly hearty selection of finger and reception-type food. Many attendees feel it’s sufficient for dinner; some do not. The Saturday night social, which is a ticketed event with a extra charge, includes a similar array of food.
      There is also a networking lunch on Thursday, which also has an additional charge. It’s a standard sandwich, side, drink lunch.
      All other meals on our your own.

    • Gerri Berendzen

      The link is the same for members and nonmembers. When you get to that link, you’ll be asked to log in with your member sign-on if you are a member (EXISTING USERS) or to provide an email address to register as a nonmember (NEW USER). Here’s that link.

  14. Donna Pintek

    I signed up to be a speller at the Spelling Bee. The site said there were only a few slots for actual spellers. When will we know if we were selected as one of the spellers?

  15. Mayenne

    Could you tell me which are the closest hotels to the Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront? Preferably walking distance. Unfortunately this one is sold out.

  16. Eli

    Hey Gerri, it seems that the page with the hotels nearby the Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront is not working, is there another place I can find hotels in this area? Thanks in advance.

    • ACES Staff

      I don’t have another. I might try Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater website.


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